CLARK, NJ – Matthew Gallo, a member of Arthur L. John High School's Class of 2017, recently visited his alma mater to share his experiences as a nursing major with students in Bernadette Jacobi’s premedical studies and anatomy classes. 

Gallo, who served as president of the Class of 2017 and, last month, graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with a bachelor's of science in nursing, discussed his coursework, clinicals, and rotations as well as the rigor, sacrifices, and dedication it took to successfully complete the program. 

In addition, as a former student in ALJ's premed program, Gallo discussed how the first-hand experience in realizing the opportunity he had to build a solid foundation in basic medical studies prior to attending nursing school put him at a great advantage over others in his class. Gallo also shared that, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic when his college closed down and he had to come home, he went to Overlook Hospital and volunteered to be of service and help those in need. 

Through sharing his experience, ALJ premed and anatomy students were able to gain an invaluable, practical understanding of what is required in the field helping them to see how what they learn in the classroom extends to future careers.  

“I am beyond proud and so moved by Matt’s desire to help those in need. Matt exemplifies the image of what a medical professional should aspire to be like," said Jacobi, adding, "In this world of uncertainty, Matt’s warm heart, his solid understanding of his expectations, and his compassion for everyday people will define what a brilliant addition he will be to our medical community.” 

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